Waterways and Drainage Charge

More than two million property owners throughout the Port Phillip and Westernport region pay the Waterways and Drainage Charge each year. 

The charge is collected by water retailers and we invest the funds in the following service areas to enhance life and liveability across Greater Melbourne and the surrounding region.

Service areas

 

Waterway health and amenity

Caring for rivers and creeks to support biodiversity and create pleasant spaces to enjoy. Services include:

  • improving aquatic habitat
  • enhancing wetlands and estuaries
  • providing grants to community groups
  • planting native trees, cutting grass and spraying weeds
 

Stormwater quality

Managing stormwater to protect the environmental condition of waterways and bays. Services include:

  • cleaning up litter
  • reducing pollutant runoff
  • building and maintaining wetlands
 

Land development

Preventing floods and ensuring water quality standards in new developments. Services include:

  • creating and managing drainage strategies
  • major urban renewal services
 

Flood and drainage services

Providing services that build community resilience to flooding. Services include:

  • flood warning services
  • flood response plans
  • flood protection projects
 

Flow and water access

Managing and protecting major water resources on behalf of the community.

 

Emergency response

Managing and responding to emergencies such as flooding and pollution skills.

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For a closer look at the services funded by the charge, download the full infographic or watch the following video:

Prices and FAQs

Download answers to frequently asked questions about the Waterways and Drainage Charge, or view current prices.

 

Further information

How prices are set 

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Like all water businesses in Victoria, our prices are determined by the Essential Services Commission. As part of this process we prepare a Price Submission, which details the service standards and prices we propose for a period of up to five years.

View our Price Submission

 

How our activities are determined

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Our Waterways and Drainage Investment Plan details our responsibilities, goals, levels of service and programs of work to be funded by the Waterways and Drainage Charge. We are required to prepare the plan under our Statement of Obligations, and report on our performance each year.

Read our investment plan

 

What’s happening near me?

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Browse our map to find out what activities we’re undertaking in your local area, including our waterways and drainage works.

See what we’re working on